We are on our eleventh year in our homeschooling journey. I call it a journey because it is an ever changing road that we decided to walk down. I never thought we could make it this far. Somehow it has just worked for our family. Now it just seems a normal part of life. Teaching our boys spelling and math has been an extension of teaching them to eat with a spoon and to walk. Each year we evaluate each boy to decide if it is best for them. So far, homeschooling has been successful for each of them and so we continue on our road of learning together. I must admit, over the years I have learned as much as they have, not only about phonics and history but more importantly about myself.
|Jared on his first day of Kindergarten - at the kitchen table|
|Guess what we are studying here.|
Character development has been the biggest plus in homeschooling our boys. It has given us the opportunity to know them better as they have grown, deal with issues that arise (and they always do), and mold and shape their character in a way that we never could have without homeschooling.
And second, they remain the best of friends to the point that they all still want to share a room together at ages 17, 14 and 11. I hope that this will last their entire lives. The truth is that friends come and friends go but close brothers last a lifetime.
Here is my list of go-tos:
- Math U See
- Apologia Science
- Easy Grammar
- Institute for Excellence in Writing
- Spelling Power
- Wordly Wise Vocabulary
- and my favorite - Sonlight literature and history
6. What do you do if there is something you just don't think you are qualified to teach?
It wasn't until high school that this even became an issue. With our oldest son reaching that stage a few years ago, we started taking advantage of private and group tutoring for science and math. Letting some very qualified ladies teach the things that were out of my comfort zone has worked out great for us. It has allowed me to still oversee the completion of the schoolwork and step in to help if needed but leave the heavy teaching to someone else. This year, I am trading off a subject with another mom. Her girls come to take drawing from me and she teaches writing composition to my boys. I love that. I also love that she doesn't mind teaching them outside even if it's on a fence post.
Doing things like properly saddling your horse and taking it for a ride,
building something on their own,
caring for animals (yes, even falcons),
playing thinking games,
or even working for spending money, are all ways that our boys spend their days.
"Find something that you love, and do that", is what our boys hear us say on a regular basis. Education should not be all about the books.